St. Pete/Clearwater Celebrate Fourth With a Bang

Ten fireworks displays, countless celebrations spring up for Fourth of July

Monday, July 2, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL - From a luau beach bash to a hometown celebration, the St. Pete/Clearwater area has everything to make this year's mid-week Fourth of July feel like a weekend escape.

While many destinations have a great fireworks show on the Fourth, here in St. Pete/Clearwater you'll have your choice of 10 area fireworks displays that will light up the sky to celebrate America's independence. Or better yet, stake a spot near the beach or the bay and see several shows at one time. Some of the highlights are listed below, but be sure check out our complete list of activities to plan your own birthday party for Uncle Sam. 

Clearwater Celebrates America! - This event at Coachman Park never disappoints. The party begins at 4 p.m. with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and continues with The Wilsons at 7:30 p.m. Children's activities run all evening as everyone anticipates the music-synchronized fireworks display over the water.

Dunedin Blue Jays Game - Couple America's pastime with an Independence celebration at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin as the Blue Jays take on the Daytona Cubs at 4:15 p.m. A concert with the Greg Billings Band and fireworks follow the action on the diamond.

Fourth of July Extravaganza at The Pier - There will be no shortage of fun at The Pier as it gets festivities going with music at noon and continues until 11 p.m. The children will oooh and ahhh at more than just the fireworks, too, as they catch alternating characters in a one-man circus. The cost is free.

Freedom Fest in Pinellas Park - This is the area's only fireworks display NOT taking place on the Fourth. The Independence Day party kicks off on Saturday, June 30 with food, crafts, a Family Fun Zone and patriotic support for the Armed Forces. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m.

Gulfport's Hometown Celebration - Not many in the area honor America's freedom quite like the small town of Gulfport. A fishing derby gets everything started at 8 a.m. with a car show, sculpture contest, parade and much more scattered throughout before the 9 p.m. fireworks.

Largo 4th of July Celebration - This family-friendly celebration allows you to picnic on the grass atLargo Central Park while listening to DJ Phil Pasek and watching the kids dive into interactive activities. Music starts up a 6 p.m. with the firework entertainment following at 9 p.m.

Madeira Beach Luau Bash - Grab your grass skirt and lei for a luau-themed Madeira Beach 65th anniversary celebration in Archibald Beach Park. Keeping you busy before the aerial display will be a tiki bar, volleyball, live music and hula-hoop and limbo contests.

Safety Harbor - A morning parade hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary kick starts this town's festivities at 10 a.m. Later that evening, activities for all ages heat up in anticipation for the 9 p.m. fireworks. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa's back lawn is the perfect place to catch the display.

St. Pete Beach - If you're looking for some peace and quiet with your feet in the sand, head to the No. 1 beach destination in the country and relax before the bright colors paint the sky over the Gulf of Mexico at dusk.

Treasure Island - Hosted behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, this beach bash features live music, family games, food vendors and two eating contests - hot dogs and watermelon. Of course, the festivities, which begin at noon, are capped with fireworks at 8:45 p.m.

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

For more information:

Contact: Deputy Director, David Downing:

Phone: 727.464.7213